Engage: What Do We Do With Evil? #8

Thanks to those of you who joined our Zoom meeting last Friday. The group was a bit larger this time around and included some new people. We will meet again on Friday, August 5th. I will include the link in the August 1st “Engage” post.

And now…..here’s this week’s reading: “Jesus’ Critique of the Sin System”

Rohr notes that we can miss Jesus’ resistance to evil because it was not in relation to the “flesh” (as retributive justice is), but rather in the “world” and “devil” dimensions of the system. Jesus was merciful and forgiving of individuals, but prophetic and indicting of the system (imperialism: political and religious) that ensnared people.

Similarly, we are called to offer forgiveness to individuals, and to practice nonviolent resistance against the world/devil. This combination is what the Bible means when it teaches us to overcome evil with good: individual freedom on the one hand, with social critique on the other.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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